It’s just come to light that Cardinal George Pell is going to appear in court in Australia on sexual assault charges. Good. It’s about damn time. But what I’m not seeing in all of the coversage I’ve read so far is any mention of the church cooperating with the investigation. They are not, as far… Continue reading What’s Missing in the George Pell Story?
Just a reminder that the Catholic Church’s child-abuse coverup scandal isn’t over. According to Le Monde (in French only; sorry. But here’s a story from last year about this case), lawyers are accusing the Catholic church of covering up child rape and abuse in Italy and Argentina, the current pope’s old stomping grounds. Not only… Continue reading Pope Accused of Covering Up Child Rape in Argentina
File this under “about goddamn time”: VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ sex abuse commission has scored a victory within the Vatican: Members have been invited to address Vatican congregations and a training course for new bishops, suggesting that the Holy See now considers child protection programs to be an important responsibility for church leaders.… Continue reading Holy Mother Church, Repository of Christian Moral Teaching, Incorporates Child Abuse into Orientation-Day Ethics Training Materials
The news today mentioned that Pope Francis I had okayed contraception for women in Zika-struck areas. Yay, liberal hippie pope! My complaint since the beginning of his tenure is that while he gives good press conference, that’s all he does: he hasn’t changed the church’s policy, and that’s the real problem. At least so far,… Continue reading I Should Have Known the Pope Wasn’t Going to Change Policy
From AP and the Washington Post, the latest on the Vatileaks story (that I mentioned earlier) MILAN — A Vatican judge on Saturday indicted five people, including two journalists and a high-ranking Vatican monsignor, in a scandal involving leaked documents that informed two books alleging financial malfeasance in the Roman Catholic church bureaucracy. I’m surprised at how… Continue reading Vatican Values
The Associated Press reports (via WaPo): “Vatican arrests 2 people in latest probe of leaked documents“. In brief: a few years ago, a monsignor and a collaborator leaked documents relating to pope Benedict 16’s finances. A Vatican spokesman said Vallejo Balda was being held in a jail cell in Vatican City, and that Chaouqui was… Continue reading Hey, the Vatican Has Jail Cells! Who Knew?
BillDo, the founder and sole apparent member of the Catholic League, has decided to make himself useful by listing a number of things Pope Frankie Goes to Vatican has said that may not entirely square up with some people’s image of him as the liberalest theologian since Hippie Jesus. A lot of these quotations are short, and… Continue reading Pope Francis Might Not Be A Liberal Savior After All
Washington Post story, two days ago: Vatican fires gay priest on eve of synod Washington Post story, today: Pope urges prejudices be put aside at start of family synod
The Associated press reports that The Vatican on Friday distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted in the U.S. and that their meeting “should not be considered a form of support… Continue reading Homophobic Pope Distances Self From Homophobic Clerk
Part 1 There’s a story being repeated uncritically all over the Net, about a woman who had a brain aneurysm, but didn’t die of it because a dead pope magically healed her. Oh, and this allows the dead pope to level up. From HuffPo: Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared… Continue reading Dead Pope Prankster